My Chi (11 weeks) acts like I'm killing her when I hold her to trim her nails, I don't even get one clipped and she's screaming like she's dieing. I tried when she is asleep, but she wakes up and "catches" me! I've held her on my lap, talked nice to her, held her in a towel, but man, I feel HORRIBLE for the way she cries when I try to do it. I don't want her to be afraid of me so...I'm thinking.....just let the vet or a groomer??
Wrap her in a towel and expose one paw. Better yet, have someone else hold her. Take her paw firmly and clip one nail. Dont even worry about her protesting, she's not being hurt. Tell her firmly to be quiet and stay still. Don't be a wimp. Get one done and let her go, then praise. she's just a baby. If you start now, you can have a well behaved dog that sits still without any restraint for grooming and nails. That's exactly what I did and now my dog is a pleasure to groom and I didnt even get her til she was a year old. they will learn quickly if you show them who's boss. And they wont be emotionally scarred, don't worry.
It's a gradual thing. You'll find less and less resistance with time. I couldn't tell you a time, all dogs are different, I would assume. Mine took about 6 months to totally stop objecting, but withing about two to three weeks, she wasn't fighting as hard and it gradually got better and better. Do a lot of paw handling when the dog is resting and praise for her letting you touch the paws. Also when you clip, be careful not to hit the quick. Once that happens, you can be back to square one the next time you try to snip nails.
I found this interesting because I, had problems cutting Angie's nails the other day as well. I've played with her feet every day since she was 8 weeks old, and although she was never too pleased about , she would tolerate it.
Yesterday was another story . So fought tooth and nail .. no pun intended ... and her nails never got trimmed. Her nails are going to look like Howard Hugh's nails soon ... LOL.
She's too big to wrap in a towel. I think I'll just have the vet do it when she goes in for her rabies shot next week.
Call your local groomer. I pay $5 per dog and for the aggrevation and also not having your "baby" hate you..it is so well worth the $$.
Our Golden Jethro hated having his nails cut. First time at the groomer he broke through a muzzle and pushed the second one off to snap at the girl. Luckily she was young and moved very quickly. We brought him in the back put another muzzle on, husband held him and he was hooked up to a wall tether. Next time no muzzle, didn't like it but was ok...now when we go he trusts Kim so much he lays down paws in the air and gives her bunches of kisses.
Typically no appt is needed and you can be in and out in under 5 minutes.
How do you think the groomers get it done? Gee, I wonder. Its their attitude. You just have to let the dog know that its going to get done, like it or not. Believe me, they are not going to hate you. You just have to outlast their stubbornness.
Just got to read the response for the nail trimming...thanks...going to try it today when I get home...the towel thing sounds good......do I let her head and face hang out? Or just wrap her up head and all? Altho I really dont' want her to bite me, little stinker..
my toy poodle is about 7/8months now and he didnt like it either but I just had hubbie firmly hold him down when he fought and just did it . I ignored his protests and said STOP but aftrer he was done we turned him loose and praised his pretty new nails. That started when he was 4 months. Now I just hold him on my lap and do one nail paw at a time and he knows its time for business and no jerking or pulling back or I'll say Stop really firm, but no longer need him restrained.
Also you may want to ask your groomer or vet or vet tech to teach you how to clip the nails and maintain control of the dog. As long as they think screaming is going to save them they are going to scream.
I have zero problems doing nails, everyone stands on the grooming table and deals. It is a learned behavior as much as any other and the last thin you do is talk nicely to them. Any type of soothing teaches a dog that what they are reacting to is bad becuase they are being soothed.
You need to tell her no, not that shes a good girl.
Using a dremel seems to be less stressful on my dogs.. plus using a dremel will allow you to see the tissue therefore youre less likely to cut the nails too short and cause them to bleed. I just purchased this nifty new dremel.. its much quieter than the other dremels, its smaller therefore allowing easier control. Most of the groomers use dremels these days.
YES THERE IS AN EASY WAY!!!! We now use a dremel !!!!!! Like a previous poster said. Seriously a tool. It is SO much faster. Easier. The sound does bother them (some dogs, they will get used to it) BUT SOOO worth it!
-Make sure that if they fight with you to cut their nails you keep cutting, don't let them think that every time they whine and cry you will stop. Dogs are smarter than we give them credit for!
I have a greyhound Jake and he fell asleep one time when I was trimming his nails with a nail trimmer and stayed asleep when I accidentally cut his quik, I felt HORRIBLE! He was bleeding everywhere and still asleep!!!! Yes I had quickstop syptic powder so I was fine. SO needless to say its pretty easy to do anything to him but the dremal he doens't mind one bit. His quiks are super long and his nails are SO hard. So a dremal is best. (No I'm not getting money to say this) :-)